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Eleven people were released from the prison in Martin County, Florida, and a deputy was released after tests that showed substances were the basis for this His drug arrests were not drugs.
Sheriff William Snyder said he had dismissed Deputy Steven O'Leary this month for allegedly faking drug-related counterfeits in Martin County just south of Port St. Lucie on Florida's east coast. Some of them were released When they were arrested, they had drugs, the sheriff said. Michael Dougherty said on Monday. Their charges, however, were rejected because O & # 39; Leary had arrested all and the authorities could "find anything credible with anything".
"We're trying to undo the damage he's done," the sheriff said, dismissing him from prison. "We actually help them move, pay the fees and do everything they can to make these people as complete as possible."
The sheriff added, "We recognize that we can never completely undo what has been done, but we will do everything in our power to remedy it."
One of the eleven freed People is Matt Crull, who spent more than a month in prison for drug trafficking, before it turned out that the alleged heroin was found in his van detergent, said the sheriff's office.
Crull, 29, slept in his van in a parking lot when O & # 39; Leary approached him on December 5.
O'Leary found a powdery substance wrapped in plastic in the driver's door of the van. Crull told him it was floodwashing. O & # 39; Leary said a field test proved that it was heroin.
"I just looked at him confused and confused because I had no idea where 92 grams of heroin came from my van," Crull told NBC subsidiary WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The sheriff's office began investigating O & # 39; Leary's arrests after receiving a notice from a prosecutor in which two cases of substance testing were reported. The state laboratory showed no signs of narcotics.
There was no charge against O'Leary on Wednesday afternoon, but according to Snyder, official Tcpalm.com charges are possible against official misconduct.
are in the process of reviewing all cases of O & # 39; Leary. It is not clear whether O & # 39; Leary will be represented by a lawyer at this time.
"No matter what we do, no matter how hard we try, just because of the law of possibilities, there's always the possibility that a bad apple will slip through," said Snyder.